WV Italian Heritage Festival host 30th annual pasta cook-off before festivities begin

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By providing decades of rich history, food and culture wise, West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival kicked off it’s 30th straight year of the annual pasta cook-off.

From chefs, to tasters and even little helpers – people from all over the state came together Saturday morning to enjoy a great pasta meal.

“You know, we get 7 to 800 people here today and I understand that we have five or six cooks doing about seven or eight, maybe even nine different sauces. It’s a lot of fun”. 10 secs said Clarksburg Vice Mayor Jim Malfregeot.

One of first board members of the festival Rosalyn Queen, spoke on how the family-like love that filled the air of Jackson Square has always been their since day one of the first event in 1988. 

“Clarksburg has a large Italian community you know, and I think it’s the pride of the people here who know that it’s a success, and they want to share with everybody their pride with being a Italian American.” said WVIHF 1979  board member Rosalyn Queen.

That pride cooked into every homemade dish.

“I have meatball tortellini in a red sauce and I also do a white sauce which is a lemon, basil chicken and it’s a pasta purse filled with cheese.” said one of the festival cooks Robert Tiano.

Queen says as the festival as a whole reaches 40 years of traditions, what she loves most is that each individual event reminds her of home.

“I know when I was in Italy you would just be standing in the streets and people would just start dancing and they do these dances that you would see here. So you know, I want them to enjoy, but I think if they come they will take a little bit home with them.” said Queen.

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will start on August 31st through September 2nd.

                               For more information visit Italian Heritage Festival website.

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